BATON ROUGE, La. – Duke earned its first two wins of the 2018 season Friday at the Tiger Classic, defeating both South Florida and LSU in four sets to improve to 2-2 on the year.
Duke started the 2018 Tiger Classic on a high note, handing South Florida its first loss of the season 3-1 (25-21, 25-12, 24-26, 25-18) behind Andie Shelton’s triple-double Friday morning the Maravich Center.
“Our team is a work in progress and we were able to see a lot today,” Nagel said. “USF played strong defense but I was happy to see our team step up. We served well today and that will need to continue.”
Shelton recorded Duke’s first triple-double since Ali Hausfeld last accomplished the feat in 2006, totaling 27 assists, 15 digs and 11 kills against the Bulls. Shelton hit .391 on 23 attack attempts while also contributing three blocks and three service aces.
Redshirt junior Leah Meyer continued the strong start to her season, leading the team with 12 kills and six blocks.
Despite an hour delay, Duke came out strong in the nightcap against host team LSU, defeating the Tigers 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21).
“Really thrilled with our entire team tonight,” said Nagel. “We played early this morning and had a late start tonight, but our team did a good job of hanging in there. We kept pressure on our opponent with our serve and our block did a good job of touching some balls. Our team did a good job of playing one point at a time.”
Sophomore outside hitter Payton Schwantz led the Blue Devils with 14 kills, while Shelton and Meyer had 11 apiece. Shelton also added 23 assists for her third double-double of the season.
Setter Haley Seyfarth also had a double-double, recording 20 assists and 10 digs. Cole once again picked up 20 digs to anchor the backline. The Duke defense limited LSU to a .170 hitting percentage, keeping both Friday opponents under .200 hitting for the day.
Duke concludes the Tiger Classic against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 12 p.m., Saturday, September 1.